Category: Leadership

The 4 Startup Bottlenecks - Reagan Pollack

The 4 Startup Bottlenecks (and how to break ’em)

Happy Monday everybody. 💡Here’s your Startup Tip of the Day: There are four (4) main areas of bottlenecks within any startup company: A. Operational B. Financial C. Social D. Intellectual 🤝Let’s Talk Social >> You’ve heard the expression, “you are the average of the five people you hang out most with”, right? ☝🏼Well, your startup’s …

Startup Tip of the Day - Good Idea - Founder - Entrepreneur - Reagan Pollack

Why Great Startups Win with Average Ideas

☝🏼What makes an idea a great business is often not the idea. You heard that right. While everyone’s out there hunting for the next Uber, Airbnb, Google or Alibaba, the real entrepreneurs are busy testing new concepts instead of dreaming, writing business plans, and overthinking the crap out of everything. Entrepreneur = Average Idea + …

How Rejection Fuels Growth

I’ve had thousands of buyers turn me down over the past decade. If they all said ‘yes’, I’d have no idea if they bought because they liked the product, the price, the mission statement, my pitch, something else? I’ve been turned down by dozens of investors, but each time I got a ‘no’, I got …

The 3 Types of Founder Roles

If you only listen to one thing from me, listen to this 👇 We must have absolute and total focus on one thing every day when running a startup I can’t stress the importance of this anymore. There are three roles to every business: 1) Working In the Business  2) Working On the Business  3) Working …

Are You Waiting for Passion to Strike?

Most folks want to feel passion in their work, and don’t want to necessarily own or run a big business with thousands of employee headaches, board meetings, earnings calls and compliance requirements. They don’t want the endless hiring, the gut wrenching firing, the page after page HR compliance paperwork, or the “How the hell am …

The Top 10 Startup Flavors of Failure

PICK YOUR FLAVOR OF FAILURE:   A common fallacy among observers of entrepreneurship is that they believe that startup failure happens at the end — the culmination of a series of compounding bad decisions that leads to a singular outcome — namely dissolution. That’s not accurate. Failure happens at virtually every stage of a company, …

Lessons in Entrepreneurship - Reagan Pollack

Ask yourself, why?

Lesson 1: Ask yourself, why?   You know, before we dive head first into the latest startup scaling strategies, financial tools and marketing mumbo jumbo, we’ve got to address the big elephant in the room — you.   Entrepreneurs, by definition, are a different breed. They think differently (often against the suggestions of others to …

How to hire a co-founder for your startup company - reagan pollack

The Solopreneur vs the Co-Founder Startup

What makes for the best performing startup: a single founder or a small team of co-founders? In my advisory role for startup companies, I often see solopreneurs (a one person operation) dream up a big, bold idea, and get only so far with their concept. Conversely, I see teams of two co-founders get together, forge …

What’s in your head? Only your startup’s future.

Monday, 6:35am: Monday rolls around, you wake up, grab your iPhone, quickly scan through 50 or so email subjects that have already been delivered in the wee hours of the morning — you are, after all, a startup founder based in San Francisco, California — the world seems to always get the early worm, leaving …

Who knows what’s good and what’s bad?

[chapter below is from Zen Golf – Mastering the Mental Game – by Dr. Joseph Parent] Long ago, there was an old farmer living on the outskirts of a little village. He was quite poor, possessing only a small piece of land, a small house in which he lived with his only son, and one horse. One …